• Climate Change - launch a Public Information Campaign
    Combatting climate change is not just an issue for politicians and industry. It requires changes in behaviour by everybody in their everyday lives,. Although most people will have heard of climate change and enjoyed David Attenborough's documentaries, they need to be made aware of what they need to do to contribute. Why should they eat less meat, drive an electric vehicle, replace their gas-fired heating with a heat pump etc. The government's "Together for our planet" campaign is not reaching people. We need a TV and social media campaign as was done for Covid 19. Climate change is even more of a global crisis than Covid 19 and we have the means to mitigate its impact if governments, local authorities and the people all work together.
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  • Kent County Council: End investment in Fossil Fuels
    We understand that there have been past petitions to KCC that have been responded to. But if Kent County Council is serious about tackling the climate crisis it must end its investments in an industry that encourages climate change denial at every point. KCC has told us that the reasoning behind their continued investment in fossil fuels is due to the belief that their investments give them a say at the table in how these companies are run. However, without evidence that KCC has a positive impact on these companies and their policies, we must once again ask them to reconsider their investments in companies that are completely unsustainable. KCC is one of the highest local government investors in the industry. If Kent County Council is truly committed to both people and the planet, they will take our concerns on board and show their interests are in boosting the local economy and not that of the industry that involves the destruction of our planet.
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    Created by Kayleigh Rousell
  • Stop Cancellation of Bedford Place Pedestrianisation Zone
    The Labour Councillors in Southampton originally created this safe space for pedestrians. This is a vibrant area for entertainment and shopping. The opening up of the space for outdoor use for everyone has been hugely beneficial during the pandemic. The continued use will provide some health security for the new-normal and gives safe transit for cyclists and scooter users towards the City centre; and directly promotes a greener, cleaner and safer environment for all. Please don't let this be taken away.
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  • Ask Adur Council to back climate pledges with demands for a new climate & nature law
    No matter what we do as individuals to make changes in our own lives, this will not be enough without serious legislation change from parliament. It’s been 2 years since the UK declared a climate and environment emergency. The government says it is making progress towards reducing carbon emissions, but without more significant and sustained action from the richest countries, the world is set to exceed the Paris Agreement’s critical 1.5°C limit between 2030 and 2040. And the UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in Europe. The costs of failing to address these crises will far outstrip the investments required to prevent it. Investing now will bring many benefits in the form of good jobs, breathable cities and thriving communities. Limiting heating to 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society, the private sector and local communities. Adur District Council has declared a Climate Emergency and it is playing an important role in the UK taking action to achieve net zero. We want it to support the CEE Bill because all their efforts will not be enough unless there is new ambitious and effective national legislation. The CEE Bill (published as the “Climate and Ecology Bill”) binds the Government to develop an emergency strategy that: 1. requires that the UK plays its fair and proper role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with limiting global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial temperatures; 2. ensures that all the UK’s consumption emissions are accounted for; 3. includes emissions from aviation and shipping; 4. protects and restores biodiverse habitats along overseas supply chains; 5. restores and regenerates the UK’s depleted soils, wildlife habitats and species populations to healthy and robust states, maximising their capacity to absorb CO2 and their resistance to climate heating; 6. sets up an independent Citizens’ Assembly, representative of the UK’s population, to engage with Parliament and Government and help develop the emergency strategy. We want the Council to resolve to: 1. Support the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill 2. Inform the local media of this decision; 3. Write to local MPs, asking them to support or thanking them for supporting the Bill; and 4. Write to the CEE Bill Alliance, the organisers of the campaign for the Bill, expressing its support ([email protected]). You can read more about the CEE Bill here: https://www.ceebill.uk
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  • Ask Worthing Council to back new climate & nature law
    It’s been 2 years since the UK declared a climate and environment emergency. The government says it is making progress towards reducing carbon emissions, but without more significant and sustained action from the richest countries, the world is set to exceed the Paris Agreement’s critical 1.5°C limit between 2030 and 2040. And the UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in Europe. The costs of failing to address these crises will far outstrip the investments required to prevent it. Investing now will bring many benefits in the form of good jobs, breathable cities and thriving communities. Limiting heating to 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society, the private sector and local communities.  Worthing Borough Council has declared a Climate Emergency and it is playing an important role in the UK taking action to achieve net zero. We want it to support the CEE Bill because all their efforts will not be enough unless there is new ambitious and effective national legislation. The CEE Bill (published as the “Climate and Ecology Bill”) binds the Government to develop an emergency strategy that: - requires that the UK plays its fair and proper role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with limiting global temperature increase  to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial temperatures; - ensures that all the UK’s consumption emissions are accounted for; - includes emissions from aviation and shipping; - protects and restores biodiverse habitats along overseas supply chains; - restores and regenerates the UK’s depleted soils, wildlife habitats and species populations to healthy and robust states, maximising their capacity to absorb CO2 and their resistance to climate heating; - sets up an independent Citizens’ Assembly, representative of the UK’s population, to engage with Parliament and Government and help develop the emergency strategy. We want the Council to resolve to: - Support the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill - Inform the local media of this decision; - Write to local MPs, asking them to support or thanking them for supporting the Bill; and - Write to the CEE Bill Alliance, the organisers of the campaign for the Bill, expressing its support ([email protected]). You can read more about the CEE Bill here: https://www.ceebill.uk
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  • Bring back modern trams to Bath to cut congestion and regenerate the city
    Bath is being choked both environmentally and economically by cars and lorries and the only cities that have reversed this trend are those 8 that reinstalled trams.. https://bathtrams.uk/why-trams-work-and-buses-cut-car-driving-congestion-pollution-emissions-but-buses-on-their-own-wont/
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  • Increase Pedestrian Safety on Shirley Drive
    There have been numerous collisions along Shirley Drive in recent years and it is indefensible that Brighton and Hove council refuse to install a pedestrian crossing anywhere along this road. There are four primary schools and two secondary schools close by, as well as all the foot traffic going to and from Hove Park and Hove Rec. This means there's nowhere safe to cross for a large number of school children, young families, the elderly and disabled - who all have to try and navigate a 30mph road with no crossing. The speed limit should also be reduced to 20mph to increase safety and reduce noise pollution. From the seafront up to the start of Hove Rec there are eight pedestrian crossings and a 20 mph limit. I do not understand why Shirley Drive is exempt from these safety measures when it is an extension of the same road. Please sign and help make our environment safer for the whole community.
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  • Prevent destruction from HS2
    It is important because for us to thrive and live, we need nature. For them to destroy natural beauty is disgusting not only that, they are severely harming animals. Nature is the most beautiful thing on this planet and it is being destroyed for a train no one will use.
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    Created by Ray Aragaki
  • Boston Manor Park: Let's Build it Back better - and Greener!
    Boston Manor Park in West London was recently fortunate enough to receive £3.6m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Lottery Community Fund to improve access, ecology and facilities at Boston Manor Park. Unfortunately, following a limited initial consultation, poor communication and flawed management the park looks like it’s been swept by a cyclone. Over 100 mature trees have been felled, hedgerows removed, and wildlife habitats destroyed. Local residents and visitors to the park alike have expressed their considerable upset and confusion over the damage done.
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  • Help The Bees and Environment By Making All Bus Shelters Wildflower Gardens
    Dear reader, My name is Yazmin, and this is my Brighton Bee Bus Stop petition. At present the globe is facing economic disaster. We have reached a point of crisis, Since the 1970s it has been shown that 41% of all UK species have declined. The fact of the matter is heartbreaking, so I have set about to see what local councils and individuals can do to make a difference. Loss of habitat is one of the major causes that is driving wildlife decline, as individuals, we can do our best to support the reintegration of wildlife in our cities by planting wildflowers, recycling, eating largely plant based diets and supporting local farmers rather than industrial food production industry. On a community level, local councils can also help to encourage more biodiversity by incorporating wildlife habitats in amongst our own societal structures, such as public bus stops, train stations and public communal areas of the city. As a constantly expanding species, it is important for us to consider the homes of the creatures that once vastly inhabited the landscape we now call our city. It is fundamental to incorporate habitation for crucial wildlife to maintain biodiversity and natural balance. The overall impact of decline in wildlife has a detrimental effect on all areas of flora, fauna, and human wellbeing! Taking one small step within our city to encourage wildlife and biodiversity will positively contribute to the welfare of our eco system and citizens overall. Through some basic research I have learned that Utrecht Council in Holland have successfully transformed 316 public transport stops into 'Bee Bus stops' since 2019. These bee stops not only support the city’s biodiversity by attracting honey bees, bumblebees, and other bee species, but they also capture fine dust, store rainwater and provide cooling in the summertime. Adding urban plants also has other benefits including, Increasing biodiversity, noise pollution, reducing stress, beautifying the city, absorbing carbon and improving air quality. In April 2020 in the UK, Cardiff Council followed suit, introducing over 10 bee bus stops under the same scheme as Utrecht. Brighton and Hove are known for their eclectic values and friendly ethos. In the face of the climate crisis Brighton has a great opportunity to set an example for other UK councils by introducing the Bee Bus Stop project within our communities and take a step towards an even greener city. Matching our ultra low emission busses with carbon filtering bus stops! I implore readers to sign this petition. Support the endorsement of action that so desperately needs to be taken. Brighton and Hove have over 150 bus stop - plastic eyesores peppering our streets; just imagine how beautiful our cities would be, outfitting our urban jungle with natural eco reform. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something - Greta Thunberg. My name is Yazmin, and this is our city. I have pledged my life to help support and sustain a better world for my children to grow up in, to make sure that their children have a world to grow up in. The future is in our hands we must act now. Please support OUR cause.
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  • Calling the Church Commissioners to adopt 2030 zero emissions target
    “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” At the time when secular world leaders are finally recognising the reality of climate change and are committing to increasingly tough emissions reduction targets, the Church Commissioners choose to reject the decision of the Church of England General Synod. For fear of missing the target of reaching net zero emissions by 2030 they guarantee missing it by delaying the target by twenty years – to a date when many of the individuals may be dead! They choose to abdicate their responsibility to steward their resources for God, and to put at risk the well-being of future generations. This decision has the aroma of serving money, rather than using the money entrusted to them to serve God. It is such a disappointment to members of the Church of England, and to members of the nation and world – particularly the young, who are mobilising to try to meet the challenging target of 2030. Morale is so important when making hard choices to favour the environment over our own comfort, and the Church Commissioners announcement is a big blow to morale. It sends completely the wrong message to anyone who cares about present and future generations. It sends the wrong message about the heart of God. We call on the Church Commissioners to rescind their decision to opt-out of the decision of the General Synod to reduce its carbon emissions to net zero by 2030 , and instead devote their money and energy to finding ways of achieving the target.
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  • Act on the Climate and Ecological Emergency Now!
    The climate and ecological emergency (CEE) is the greatest threat that humanity has ever faced. Every part of society all over the world is responsible for playing their part in cutting greenhouse gas emissions and stopping the destruction of nature. Derby City is no exception. The climate crisis ‘biggest security threat humans have faced’, Sir David Attenborough tells UN - https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/david-attenborough-climate-security-threat-b1806348.html "The planet is facing a “ghastly future of mass extinction, declining health and climate-disruption upheavals” that threaten human survival because of ignorance and inaction": https://amp.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/13/top-scientists-warn-of-ghastly-future-of-mass-extinction-and-climate-disruption-aoe Scientists are warning that “business as usual” will lead to: * Mass food shortages from crop failures * Increased flooding from rainfall increase and sea level rise * Storm and flood damage to housing and infrastructure * Heatwave related illnesses and deaths * More wildfires * Drinking water shortages * Increased risk of disease outbreaks and more pandemics * Economic damage * Mass migration as parts of the planet become uninhabitable due to extreme temperatures or sea level rise * The collapse of civilisation as we know it People are already suffering and dying from the impacts of climate breakdown. Millions more will die without immediate urgent action: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/08/global-heating-tropical-regions-human-livability In May 2019 Derby City Council declared a climate emergency. So far there has been no action to reduce Derby's carbon emissions or even measure them and set targets. Instead the Council has continued with "business as usual" and continue to follow Local Plans that were written before the declaration of a climate emergency and which fail to take into account the latest and very stark science about the state of nature and our climate. The current Local Plans are not fit to respond to the climate and ecological emergency, make no reference to recent UK Government climate laws and targets so must be revised immediately: https://www.derby.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/planning/local-plan/ So why have Derby City Council continued to do nothing? One issue is many Councillors do not have an understanding of climate science, ecology or air pollution and have refused to engage with evidence and reports with policy and action recommendations for local authorities. The Council supported the A38 expansion in their Local Transport Plan which was found unlawful on climate grounds following a legal challenge by residents. The council also dismissed objections and petitions from Derby residents concerned about the road expansion in relation to the climate emergency, loss of nature and increased air pollution. How can elected public servants be trusted to make the best decisions for the future of Derby and our planet if they are unaware of the crisis or the solutions and support unlawful, environmentally damaging infrastructure schemes? Which is why CEE training must be mandatory for every member of the Council and qualified experts must be consulted on local authority plans. Another problem is some Councillors believe pursuing outdated ideas of economic growth and meeting development targets set by Westminster are more important than preventing climate and ecological collapse. Despite much evidence that further inaction on the climate emergency will cause greater economic harm than any spending on action to prevent worsening climate breakdown: https://www.oecd.org/environment/indicators-modelling-outlooks/circle.htm The Council currently grants planning permissions to developers that favour building on greenfield sites, that damage local biodiversity and install fossil fuel based heating systems that will need to be replaced by the homeowners as the UK transitions to low-carbon heat sources. Buyers of brand-new homes will face average costs of more than £20,000, whereas if the housing developers built new houses with high energy efficiency standards and a heat pump instead of a gas boiler the additional cost would be only £4,800. Why is this being allowed to happen? The Council's current decarbonisation plans are placing hope for climate solutions in future technologies such as hydrogen fuels and carbon capture without trying to cut emissions. It is impossible that these technologies can be rolled out in time at the scale required. This is a ruse by fossil fuel interests to seize another decade or so of profits by distracting from taking action now. Green hydrogen and CCS will play a part in a future energy strategy, but in no way permit complacency or delay to action now. Local government has a key role to play in taking climate action. According to the Committee on Climate Change councils have influence over one third of emissions in their areas. Local authorities control transport, social care, education, strategic planning and much more that can influence efforts to curb carbon emissions and mitigate the impacts of the climate crisis. Other local authorities are already acting on the climate and ecological emergency with the urgency it requires and have developed net-zero 2030 action plans: https://pledge2030.uk/councils-for-2030/ While the UK Government has enshrined a new target in law to slash emissions by 78% by 2035: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-enshrines-new-target-in-law-to-slash-emissions-by-78-by-2035 All of this is possible and Derby City Council must wake up, stop delaying and act on the greatest threat that humanity has ever faced.
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    Created by Carol Leak